Full Day for Obama in Jamaica ahead of Historic Summit in Panama

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – Quite a day for Jamaicans as the most popular world leader is in country, gushing about the Jamaican hospitality and turning a serious face toward the issues of electricity, national debt of CARICOM countries, youth development and opportunities and security.“Wonderful hospitality, we very, very much appreciate that. I assure you that Michelle wishes she was on this trip and so we will have to return with the girls sometime in the future, (applause) she would also applaud for that. As Madame Prime Minister indicated, we had a lot to talk about. First and foremost we discussed how much we support the ongoing reform efforts in Jamaica to deal with its public debt while still making investments in youth and the people of Jamaica which ultimately will determine long term growth to strengthen good governance and rule of law.”US President Barack Obama last night landed at the Norman Manley Intl Airport, was whisked by helicopter to a tour of the Bob Marley museum, which he called one of his most enjoyable experiences since becoming president; adding that he has been a fan of the man and his music which speaks to the spirit of Jamaica. CARICOM leaders numbered fourteen; according to a JIS source close to Magnetic Media and a meeting with those leaders at the UWI immediately followed a press conference which was held at Jamaica House. President Obama, escorted by Hon Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica had earlier on signed and commented in the Official Diplomatic and Courtesy books; funniest thing, Obama added April 10, 2015 – which is the wrong date. It has become a source of fun for the regional media. Just moments ago, a White House town hall meeting wrapped up. It was held at the University of the West Indies and among the students selected to attend and selected to ask a question of President Obama was a female Turks and Caicos Islander studying at UWI. The question focused on the financial services sector and its increased stringency; President Obama gave a comprehensive response and cited Singapore as a good model for the Caribbean when it comes to being more diverse and competitive. The president has had a full day, but shortly will leave Kingston en route to Panama City, Panama for the Seventh Summit of the Americas where for the first time Cuba, a Communist regime, will be in attendance. Related Items:barack obama, jamaica, portia simpson millerlast_img read more

Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes millions is saving with retired of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – The PNP Administration is proposing to spend $252 million dollars in the running of the country for 2016/2017 and according to the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick there will be no new taxes this financial year. During House of Assembly meeting on Monday the Minister shared that the PNP Government is proposing to spend 4% more on recurrent expenditure and shared that earnings for TCIG is forecast to be $256 million. Based on these projections, the country will generate in the upcoming fiscal year a $4 million surplus. Hon Washington Misick reminded that the FSPS or the Financial Strategic and Policy Statement was tabled in the House since last December and on Monday, the Appropriation 2016-2017 Estimates was laid on the table. A whopping announcement came when the Finance Minister shared that in addition to the salary re-grade which resulted in significantly higher salaries for many in the civil service; another 2.5% increase in wages is planned for public workers. Pensioners will also get more money says Minister Misick, retired legislators will be getting more money. Non pensionable employees released in 2012 will get some remuneration; financial boost will come, said the Minister for crime fighting with 20 new recruits at a cost of $900,000; more money will go to indigents under social services. More money will go to environmental health and emergency services, an on the job productivity management team under the Ministry of Finance will be established and $1.5 million dollars has been allotted to give incentive to small business development, and an extra $250,000 is dedicated to the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. There is also a 19% reduction in non-recurrent expenditure according to the Minister, which he put at $8.8 million.“Mr. Speaker the significant reduction this is due to reduced debt service fees, as the $170 million bond has been retired.”The UK guarantee loan is now paid off, the House of Assembly wrapped up debate after 10pm on Monday night. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Financial Strategic and Policy Statement, house of assembly, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_img read more

Public Notice Reminder – Persons residing in the TCI on an Expired

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services is hereby reminding all persons that are currently in the Turks and Caicos Islands on an expired Visa that they are residing here unlawfully.   Such persons are encouraged to leave the country voluntarily as any such person found to be in the country illegally will be prosecuted under the law.The Ministry encourages all persons to avail themselves of the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Ordinance 2015 and Immigration Regulations 2016 or to call the Customer Service Quality Assurance Manager, Emilio Seymour on (649) 338-4114 or email himat infobordercontrol@gov.tc should you require any further information or have any questions or concerns.The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services thanks the public for their cooperation in this regard.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Aspires Interweave Acquires Craft Enthusiast Web Site

first_imgCraft and arts publisher Interweave—a unit of Loveland, Colorado-based Aspire Media—has acquired CrochetMe.com from its developer, Kim Werker, the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Unrelated to the sale, Werker, who made the reverse jump from online to print in 2007, has resigned as editor of the magazine. Werker will remain with Crochetme.com as a blogger and creative consultant, Interweave said.Werker launched Crochetme.com in 2004. The site will join Interweave’s portfolio of online properties in its fiber craft division. In June, Interweave acquired four arts-related magazines—including American Artist—from Nielsen Business Media.last_img

Penton Converts Tech Group to AllDigital

first_imgAfter promotional emails were sent to readers informing them that new digital editions were replacing their print counterparts last Friday, Penton officially announced that its Technology Media Group, which publishes Windows IT Pro, DevPro, Power IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, among other brands, will go completely digital starting in May.Peg Miller, the company’s tech group leader, says the only remaining print title will be System iNEWS ProVIP, which is a high-end and high-priced journal. The Technology Media Group is one of about 18 different b-to-b verticals that Penton targets. Miller says the transition was triggered by a combination of signs. Research done with readers and advertisers indicated that interest was shifting to the digital platform and that was translating into an increase in digital edition readership. “Over the last year, we started seeing double-digit gains in our digital edition subscriptions—and those were a very basic edition without our full strategy,” she says. That strategy includes relaunching the digital editions with a richer media experience including audio and video.While Miller declined to provide details on the performance of the print brands. Nevertheless, Miller says the new production workflow is freeing up the content team from what was previously a print-centric approach. “This has liberated our content team from print-centric deadlines to think more about what the customers want,” she says. Miller also declined to offer details on any changes in subscription pricing and advertising rates, but notes that ads are being sold on more long-term schedules rather than the one-offs that made frequent appearances in the print editions. The staffing implications of the change are unclear at the moment and Miller says resources will continue to be looked at as the new digital production workflow is ironed out over the next year. Transitioning to all-digital formats has become a common occurrence for publishers, particularly in the technology vertical. But only a few years ago, that meant online-only. Now, of course, publishers have more platform options available to them. Ziff Davis Enterprise announced its “OmniDigital” strategy last October when it planned to take its brands all-digital, focusing on websites, mobile sites, tablets and digital editions. That plan had barely gotten underway when ZDE was sold to online lead-gen company QuinStreet in early February.last_img read more

Podcast Revenues Poised to Skyrocket Industry Notes

first_img Jim Rutenberg, media columnist, The New York Times After jumping 72 percent last year to $119 million, advertising revenues from podcasts are set to nearly double over the course of 2017, according to a new study conducted by PwC for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). While direct response ads, long the bread-and-butter of podcast funding, continue to drive the vast majority of revenues (73 percent), brand awareness and branded content ads are slowly gaining, accounting for the remaining 27 percent of revenues in 2016, up from 17 percent in 2015. See this and other new job postings at careers.foliomag.com. Esquire to the rescue… Esquire Wisdom, the 83-year-old Hearst title’s first foray into voice-assistant technology, which comes on the heels of similar launches by other Hearst brands like Elle, Good Housekeeping, and O, The Oprah Magazine, is all part of an effort by Hearst Magazines Digital Media to identify opportunities for brand extensions in ways that play to the strengths of both the magazine title in question and the platform on which it will reside. Eric Bates, editor, The New Republic Podcasting on the rise… View the full report here. Lauren Duca, columnist, Teen Vogue Panelists include: From the job board… Folio: is delighted to unveil the latest addition to the Folio: Show program, “State of Siege: Examining the Craft and Business of Journalism,” a keynote panel bringing together five top journalists for a discussion of how an atmosphere of unprecedented hostility against the media influences their daily work.center_img “When packing the cooler, remember this order: Ice, Beer, Ice, Beer.” Timed to coincide with 4th of July weekend, Esquire Wisdom offers sage advice beyond backyard barbecue tips, too, like, “Your tie should be the same width as your lapel,” or “Never play cards with a man who wears a visor.” ​A journalistic A-Team joins the Folio: Show program… That’s one of 60 voice-activated tidbits smartphone users can receive through the Google Assistant app (launched about a year ago on Android devices, and newly available to iPhone users as of last month) courtesy of Esquire. The findings come on the heels of Apple’s revelation, just weeks ago, that the tech giant will finally start providing podcast creators and advertisers with some basic, anonymized analytics on listeners — a solid 12 years after “taking podcasting mainstream” with the launch of iTunes 4.9. “Esquire Wisdom is a fun extension of the brand that’s perfect for this medium,” said HMDM’s global president, Troy Young, in a release. Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor, New York Garden & Gun needs a production director. Based in Charleston, S.C., the ideal candidate has a minimum of five years’ experience in magazine production and will be responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the ten-year-old Southern lifestyle title’s bimonthly print schedule. “The idea of Esky Wisdom, as we call it in the magazine, came from the notion that no other men’s magazine has been as informed and as funny as Esquire,” added editor-in-chief Jay Fielden. Matt Thompson, deputy editor, The Atlantic ​For more on the Folio: Show, and to view the full program, click here.last_img read more

Army Postpones Move to Downsize Brigade at JB ElmendorfRichardson

first_imgThe Army on Monday officially suspended the planned downsizing of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 25th Infantry Division, citing a variety of global threats facing the nation.“The 4/25 is ready to rapidly deploy and conduct decisive operations in urban and mountainous environments,” explained Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy. “Given continued Russian aggression, the nuclear provocations of North Korea, and the continued threat from ISIL, we need this capability,” Murphy said.Converting the Army’s only airborne BCT in the Pacific theater into an infantry battalion task force would have resulted in the loss of about 2,600 personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where the 4th BCT is based. The realignment was announced last July as part of a restructuring intended to shrink the Army’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers.The decision to postpone the move is not surprising, as top Army officials in recent months had said they were considering it in light of the security environment. The delay represents a victory for Alaska’s congressional delegation, which had lobbied vigorously against the Army’s plan since it was announced in July, reported Alaska Dispatch News. Last month, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), “It would be contrary to strategic national security interests to go ahead and pull out the 4/25 at this time. So my thought is that we should extend them at least a year to see how the strategic situation develops and then move from there.”  With the announcement, “the Army sent a strong message that America remains dedicated to our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, understands our leading role in the Arctic, and is unyielding in our support for our critical alliances with Japan and South Korea,” according to a statement from Sen. Dan Sullivan (R).  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Town Moderator Candidate Kevin MacDonald Supports First Amendment

first_imgDear Editor,Our Country was founded by men of faith who believed in creating a foundation where liberty and justice would stand and not fall. A nation whose people were free from tyranny and government oppression. The U. S. Constitution is that very foundation. It is the “supreme law of the land”. Provided in the U.S. Constitution is the right to free speech. This right is not found in the eighth, ninth, or tenth amendment, but rather in the first amendment because of its enormous magnitude of importance.I believe the people of Wilmington, who have witnessed abuses of power in the position of Moderator, have to ask themselves this question: Will the denial of free speech continue to be tolerated or will my vote for a new Moderator say “TIME’S UP” for violating our civil rights?  Let’s build on the foundation of freedom and let liberty, justice, and truth deliver the people of Wilmington out from the grip of government oppression. May the patriots of Wilmington make “Town Meeting”, which is the most important financial meeting of the year, be a meeting void of deceit, void of phony over budgeting, and void of actions that force good families out of their own community.As I go around town, I meet many elderly people that have retired and had to go back to work because they can’t afford their real estate taxes. I recently met a senior citizen that is 91 years old and still has to work. I also recognize that there are families with children. These children make friends in school, in their neighborhoods, in sports and in other activities. When a family is forced out of town this is a traumatic experience for a child. As I drive around town, I see many “for sale” signs on people’s houses who have been here for decades. This is a very sad truth. I believe the cause can be pointed directly at an irresponsible local government that has forgotten its mission statement and has gotten self-centered and out of control.The question of whether there is conflict of interest has to be introduced into the conversation for a solution. Can a moderator, who has a relationship to a family law firm that brings business before the town looking for special permits, variances, and other approvals, be trusted with allowing opposition and challenge against the very government that will grant an approval? Do you believe he has broken that trust? Can a solution to government financial oppression be attained if people are denied the right to question, expose, challenge, or oppose?Let the great “Patriots of Wilmington” come together and stand on the foundation of freedom and demand liberty, truth, and justice. Let your right to challenge crooked government no longer be violated.  Let us stand and say that a violation of the “supreme law of the land” is reproachable no matter what. “REPROACHABLE” even if Town officials past and present don’t respect the law. “TIME’S UP” Vote April 28th or get an absentee ballot from Town Hall. Help by bringing other supporters.Thank you,Kevin MacDonald(Candidate for Moderator)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCANDIDATE STATEMENT: Kevin MacDonald Is Running For Town ModeratorIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 12 Coyote Pup Dies Solicitor Complaints Keolis Issues

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, July 12, 2018:A caller reported the railroad gates are up on Clark Street, but the lights are flashing. Keolis responded. (4:18am)Manager of Shell Gas Station on Main Street reported yesterday a patron drove away with the gas hose still attached to the car, causing damage to the pump. (6:29am)Police received report of a truck that struck a couple of town barrels on Salem Street. (1:58pm)Police received a deceased coyote pup on Woburn Street. (2:42pm)Police received complaints of a solicitor from Insight Pest Control going door-to-door on a segway on Burlington Avenue and Jacquith Road. Police were unable to locate. (7:59pm)5-ton weight limit signs just before Butters Row Bridge are blocked by tree limbs. Police notified Mass Highway. (9:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 13: Teens Take Off From Group Home; Door-To-Door Solicitor Using SegwayIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Aladdin New images from liveaction remake bring Will Smiths Genie to life

first_img 0 Entertainment Weekly heads to Agrabah.  Entertainment Weekly Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin won’t hit theaters until May, but we got a look at a handful pictures from the movie, Wednesday.  Entertainment Weekly magazine has new photos of Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and Genie (played by Will Smith), who you might remember from the 1992 animated film. Mena Massoud, who plays Aladdin, also tweeted the photos joking, “This is what is looks like when Genie tells Aladdin what he wants for Christmas,” referencing a photo with Massoud and Smith. Just saw Will Smith as the genie in the live action Aladdin remake. My reaction……. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/v6irLIjRC5— Jason Wesney (@JasonWesney) December 19, 2018 The photos show the streets of Agrabah, the Sultan’s palace and even Aladdin’s monkey buddy Abu. Aladdin is slated for May 24, 2019.The photos of Genie — who was originally voiced by Robin Williams — are getting lots of reaction on social media. One Twitter user lamented: “Genie ain’t blue.” Though some are tweeting out concern that Genie isn’t blue in this batch of pictures, Smith took to Instagram to say he will, in fact, be blue. Post a comment Genie ain’t blue :'( #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/Ia9taqV1nj— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2018 Share your voice This is what it looks like when Genie tells #Aladdin what he wants for Christmas. Thanks @EW for the exclusive pics and interview! pic.twitter.com/nukhzYscu3— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) December 19, 2018 We can show you the world… of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue: https://t.co/Kwkcdfen5v pic.twitter.com/7NbyiRRcLH— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018 Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more

Audi R8 LMX and Datsun Go Launched in India

first_imgIndia saw two auto launches on Thursday, aimed at different ends of the spectrum. With the rate cut happening on the same day, the launches augur well for the Indian car enthusiasts and customers.Audi R8 LMX ReutersVolkswagen’s Audi premium car devision launched its limited edition R8 LMX, featuring laser headlamps, twice the range of all-LED headlight. The car is touted as the fastest R8 ever, with a 5.2 litre V10 engine producing 570PS of power and 540nm in torque, with a 7-speed S-tronic transmission handling the power produced.The car also incorporates camera-based sensor to detect other road users, which allows the headlights to “adjust light patterns to avoid dazzle.”Not surprisingly, Audi has priced its premium offering at ₹2.97 crore ex-showroom in Mumbai and Delhi.Datsun Go+ ReutersDatsun has finally launched its MPV offering, with an affordable, sub-four metre, seven seater. However, by tucking away the last row of seats, which are good for children alone, the luggage-carrying space grows to 347 litres.The Indian market has grown fond of cars on stilts, featuring an increased ground clearance with more erect driver position.The Go+ is equipped with a 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine coughing up 68PS of power and delivering 20.62 kmpl, as claimed by the manufacturer. It would come with four-versions with prices starting from ₹3.79 lakh to ₹4.61 lakh, based on the variant.The company, a subsidary of French manufacturer Renault has offered a standard warranty for two year unlimited mileage, extendable by another two years with no restrictions on mileage.last_img read more

Sensex climbs 200 points Nifty reaches 11400 as banking stocks rise

first_imgBuildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileKey equity indices – BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 – touched fresh all-time highs  on Monday, supported by healthy buying in banking, consumer durables and auto stocks.Both the Sensex and Nifty50 hit their all-time highs of 37,801.78 points and 11,427.00 points respectively.According to analysts, broadly positive global cues also supported the gains.At 9.33 a.m. the wider Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded 11,421.00 points, higher by 60.20 points or 0.53 per cent from its previous close.The BSE Sensex which had opened at 37,714.70 points, traded at 37,789.52 points (9.35 a.m.) – higher by 233.36 points or 0.62 per cent — from its previous close of 37,556.16 points. It touched an intra-day low of 37699.37 points so far.ICICI Bank, SBI, Infosys, ITC and Reliance Industries performed well.last_img read more

Work on Metro Rail begins

first_imgWork on Metro Rail beginsWork on the much-hyped 12-km Metro Rail from Uttara to Agargaon and its nine stations began on Wednesday.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the work of packages-3 and 4 at Agargaon point in the afternoon.The first-phase work from Uttara to Agargaon will be completed within 2019 while the second-phase one from Agargaon to Motijheel within 2020.Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Tk 16,600 crore as soft loan of the total estimated approximate cost of Tk 22,000 crore, while the Bangladesh government will bear the rest, the minister said.The project will be completed in eight packages. Of them, the 12-km elevated expressway and nine stations would be under two packages, he said.In the first phase, elevated expressway and stations at North Uttara, Uttara Centre, South Uttara, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Sewrapara and Agargaon will be constructed.The metro rail will stop in every four minutes at 16 stations from Uttara to Motijheel via Mirpur and Farmgate and it will have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers every hour.Earlier on 4 May last, three agreements were signed with Italian-Thai Development Company and Sinohydro Corporation in this regard.The ambitious project is expected to provide an improved, safe, faster, and affordable but modern means of urban public transport service significantly reducing the perennial traffic congestion in the capital.last_img read more

JS adopts resolution on Rohingya crisis

first_imgParliament Complex. File Photo The Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Myanmar government’s continuous persecution and atrocities on the religious and ethnic Rohingya minority in their Rakhaine state and their push in into Bangladesh and called upon the international quarters, including the UN, to exert a strong diplomatic pressure on the Naypyidaw administration to immediately solve the crisis.The JS resolution came after a detailed general discussion on Rohingya crisis initiated by a proposal moved by treasury bench member Dipu Moni under the Rule 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of the house with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.In her proposal, Dipu Moni urged the world conscience to come forward to resolve the problem in Rakhaine state immediately and mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.She said that several lakhs Rohingyas have already taken shelter in Bangladesh to avoid ethnic cleansing in their homeland.Moving the resolution Dipu Moni bitterly criticized Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her dubious role in Rohingya crisis which is grossly contradictory to her Nobel acceptance speech – “Ultimately our aim should be to create a world free from the distressed, the homeless and the hopeless a world of which each and every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace”.Read more: Dhaka likely to raise Rohingya issue in upcoming UNGA sessionTaking part in the discussion, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Myanmar has created the Rohingya crisis and they will have to solve it. She said, “Everybody knows Rohingyas are citizens of Myanmar and they must have to take back their citizens from Bangladesh.”Most lawmakers called for creating a safe zone for Rohingyas inside Myanmar under the supervision of the UN and an immediately implementation of the Anan Commission Report on the crisis.Participating in the discussion, leader of the opposition in parliament Rowshan Ershad supported the resolution saying international pressure should be mounted on Myanmar to stop the ongoing persecution of the Rohingyas.Listing different diplomatic and political steps taken by the government, foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said some 300,000 Rohingya victims of Rakhine state in Myanmar entered Bangladesh since 25 August last and most of them are now living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps.Earlier, more than four lakh unregistered Rohingya people were forced to enter Bangladesh in face of atrocities in Myanmar. On 9 October 2016, some 87,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh in the wake of Myanmar military crackdown on them, he mentioned.The minister said Bangladesh has been working to resolve the Rohingya problem for a long time. Recently diplomatic efforts have been geared up to resolve the Rohingya problem.Meanwhile, he said, international organisations and countries including the United Nations expressed concern over the issue and appreciated Bangladesh’s role.Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu said the atrocities of the Myanmar government are reminding us the same brutalities carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said that Myanmar started their atrocities in Rakhaine state immediately after former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan submitted his report on Ronhingya crisis.They killed thousands of Rohingyas and dishonoured women and girls during their heinous and inhuman crackdown and forced to leave their motherland, he said.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon sought the intervention of the UN and international organisations to stop Rohingya persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar military.last_img read more

China to close N Korean firms by January

first_imgChina to shut North Korean firms or joint ventures in China, as well as any overseas joint ventures with North Koreans.Photo: ReutersChina said Thursday North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.The commerce ministry said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the United Nations resolution was adopted, 11 September.The sanctions spare, on a case by case basis, entities involved in non-commercial activities or public utility infrastructure projects that do not generate profits.The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting 1 October and a ban on textiles from its neighbour.In August, China banned North Korean firms and individuals from establishing new companies in its territory following a separate set of sanctions.China’s application of UN sanctions is particularly biting for North Korea. Beijing is Pyongyang’s main ally and trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of the hermit nation’s commerce.The United States has pressed China to use its economic leverage to strongarm North Korea into giving up its nuclear ambitions.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Beijing this weekend for talks with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Tillerson will discuss the North Korean nuclear tensions, trade issues and President Donald Trump’s planned trip to China in November, the US State Department said.Trump’s tour will also take in regional allies Japan and South Korea.‘Abyss of misery’Washington has alternated between criticising and praising Beijing’s role in the North Korea crisis, on the one hand welcoming its support for new sanctions but also insisting it must do more to rein in its unruly neighbour.For its part, China has called on both Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un to tone down their increasingly bellicose rhetoric and instead try to begin peace talks.“We are opposed to any war on the Korean peninsula, and the international community will never allow a war (which would) plunge people into an abyss of misery,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.“Sanctions and the promoting of talks are both the requirements of the UN Security Council. We should not overemphasise one aspect while ignoring the other,” Lu said.While China has imposed sanctions on its renegade neighbour, it wants to avoid precipitating the regime’s downfall over fears that its collapse could send an influx of refugees across its border and place the US army at its doorstep.But Beijing appears to be running out of patience with North Korea’s nuclear antics-the last test earlier this month triggered an earthquake that was felt in northeast China.Branches of China’s biggest banks have told AFP that they have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, a measure that is not required under UN sanctions.last_img read more

2 Rohingya men killed in alleged gunfight with BGB

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo Rohingya men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called gunfight with them at Hoaikhyang Urubunia Katakhal in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased identified as Sarker, 22, from Kutupalong Rohingya camp and Nur Alam, 30, from Muchni Rohingya camp in Teknaf, were drug peddlers, claims the law enforcement.A BGB-2 team raided the area after being tipped-off about smuggling of a large amount of yaba, said its deputy commander major Shariful Islam Jamaddar.The border guard members signalled a boat to stop on the Naf river. But those who were on the boat ignored the signal and opened fire, triggering a gunfight, he said.“Alam and Sarker were killed in the gunfight,” the BGB officer said.BGB members recovered the bodies and sent them to the Sadar Hospital for autopsy.Around 50,000 yaba pills, a gun, three cartridges and two sharp weapons were reportedly recovered from the spot.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies including police, RAB, BGB in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Immigration Authorities Cite Fewer Serious Crimes In Deportation Paperwork

first_img Listen Nationally, only 2.8% of recent deportation-related filings were based on alleged criminal activity.The TRAC report also shows that nationally, criminal activity as a reason for deportation has dropped in half in the last five years.Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)“Where previous administrations had focused on people with criminal convictions, the natural, logical conclusion is a higher percentage of people were going to be those without criminal convictions, because they are just picking up everybody,” said Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative deportation defense attorney Julie Pasch.In January 2017, the Trump administration did away with immigration enforcement priorities that encouraged Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target dangerous criminals for removal. “Under the Trump administration there are a new set of priorities and essentially anyone [in the country without documentation] is a priority now,” said Susan Long, director of Syracuse University’s TRAC research center.However, just because a serious crime isn’t cited, doesn’t mean someone didn’t commit a crime, according to Pasch. Sometimes prosecutors list a lesser immigration offense because it’s easier to prove, she said.  00:00 /00:54 X U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest company employees on federal immigration violations at a trailer-manufacturing business in Sumner, Texas.Serious crimes are showing up less and less in deportation paperwork filed by federal officials, according to new data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Serious criminal activity was cited in 3% of 24,000 deportation-related court filings in the Houston area over the last nine months, including data from immigration courts in Conroe and Houston. center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more

Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible

first_img(Phys.org)—An international team of Earth scientists has used eight Earth system model simulations of climate under the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project to predict the change in the number of hurricanes and other types of tropical storms that would occur over the next fifty years if sulfate aerosols were injected into the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of global warming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe the models and what they showed and suggest that such injections if done on a massive scale, might prove moderately effective—though they note that a different type of aerosol would have to be used to prevent harm to the ozone layer. As the planet keeps warming and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to make a difference fail, scientist have begun turning to other ways to mitigate problems in the future related to warmer temperatures and higher ocean levels, such as an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes. One such technique that has been discussed in public forums, is injecting aerosols into the atmosphere in areas where tropical storms form—the shadowing effect would cool the air above the ocean preventing such storms from forming. In this new effort, the researchers used standard oceanographic models to attempt to learn whether such a technique might be viable.After inputting data meant to model an injection of sulfate aerosols over the next 50 years, in two different ways, the researchers found that the idea would likely work, but not as well as might be expected. The first modeled the impact of a volcano eruption-sized amount of aerosol injection while the second sought to mimic an increase in injection amounts to match the projected increase of greenhouse gas emissions. Because the second approach appeared to be the more likely outcome in real life, the researchers used that model to make their predictions. They found that if approximately 10 billion tons of such aerosols were pumped into the atmosphere annually, the result would be a halving of Katrina-sized hurricanes over the next half century. They equate it to mimicking a Pinatubo-sized eruption every two years—something they describe as very expensive, but doable.Of course, they note, there is no chance that such injections will begin anytime soon, because injecting that much sulfate aerosols into the atmosphere would destroy the ozone layer. But, their findings do suggest that if another, safer aerosol could be found, such a technique might prove viable. © 2015 Phys.org Hurricane Isabel (2003) as seen from orbit during Expedition 7 of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Explore further Researchers find unintended consequences of geoengineering to slow climate changecenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: John C. Moore et al. Atlantic hurricane surge response to geoengineering, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1510530112AbstractDevastating floods due to Atlantic hurricanes are relatively rare events. However, the frequency of the most intense storms is likely to increase with rises in sea surface temperatures. Geoengineering by stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection cools the tropics relative to the polar regions, including the hurricane Main Development Region in the Atlantic, suggesting that geoengineering may mitigate hurricanes. We examine this hypothesis using eight earth system model simulations of climate under the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) G3 and G4 schemes that use stratospheric aerosols to reduce the radiative forcing under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 scenario. Global mean temperature increases are greatly ameliorated by geoengineering, and tropical temperature increases are at most half of those temperature increases in the RCP4.5. However, sulfate injection would have to double (to nearly 10 teragrams of SO2 per year) between 2020 and 2070 to balance the RCP4.5, approximately the equivalent of a 1991 Pinatubo eruption every 2 y, with consequent implications for stratospheric ozone. We project changes in storm frequencies using a temperature-dependent generalized extreme value statistical model calibrated by historical storm surges and observed temperatures since 1923. The number of storm surge events as big as the one caused by the 2005 Katrina hurricane are reduced by about 50% compared with no geoengineering, but this reduction is only marginally statistically significant. Nevertheless, when sea level rise differences in 2070 between the RCP4.5 and geoengineering are factored into coastal flood risk, we find that expected flood levels are reduced by about 40 cm for 5-y events and about halved for 50-y surges. Citation: Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible (2015, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-aerosols-atmosphere-hurricanes-possibly-feasible.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Saints are eight from ten in their recent meetings

first_imgSaints are eight from ten in their recent meetings against the Red Devils, but those two defeats have come on the road in the last two seasons.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 25, Salford 24 (SLR19, 23/6/17) Salford 22, St Helens 14 (SLR7, 30/3/17) St Helens 34, Salford 20 (SLR14, 13/5/16) Salford 44, St Helens 10 (SLR2, 11/2/16) St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR17, 5/6/15) Salford 6, St Helens 52 (SLR2, 12/2/15) St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR15, 30/5/14) Salford 0, St Helens 38 (SLR3, 27/2/14) Salford 10, St Helens 52 (SLR19, 21/6/13) St Helens 14, Salford 10 (SLR8, 22/3/13)Super League Summary:Salford won 6 St Helens won 35Highs and Lows:Salford highest score: 44-10 (H, 2016) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)Player Stat:Jonny Lomax has scored a try in each of the Saints’ last three meetings against Salford.Tommy Makinson has 44 points against Salford – the highest of the current squad.The 19-man squads are here.Head to Head: Milestones:Mark Percival needs one appearance to reach 100 for St Helens. He made his Saints debut in a 20-12 home defeat against Leeds on 1 March, 2013.Tommy Makinson needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has scored 96 times for St Helens since 2011, to go with 3 dual-registration scores for Rochdale (2013). He also made one non-scoring appearance for Whitehaven in the same season.Jonny Lomax needs eight points to reach 500 for St Helens. His total of 492 has been reached with 71 tries, 103 goals and 2 field goals in 157 games for the Saints since 2009.James Roby needs three tries to reach 100 for St Helens. He has touched down 97 times in 397 games for the Saints since 2004.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:(League games & Super 8s only)Tries: 1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 38 2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 21 3 = Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 19 6 = Albert Kelly (Hull FC), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 18 8 = Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos), Mason Caton-Brown (Wakefield Trinity) 17 10 Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 16Goals: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 129 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 95 3 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 90 Mark Percival (St Helens) 90 5 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 69 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 59 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 48 8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 46 9 = Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 45Goals Percentage: 1 Tony Gigot (Catalans Dragons) 90.00 (9/10) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 88.78 (95/107) 3 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 86.95 (20/23) 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 85.18 (69/81) 5 Martyn Ridyard (Huddersfield Giants/Leigh Centurions) 84.84 (28/33) 6 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 82.97 (39/47) 7 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 82.16 (129/157) 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 81.81 (90/110) 9 = Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 80.00 (48/60), Tom Makinson (St Helens) 80.00 (8/10)Points: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 317 2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 240 3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 221 4 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 184 5 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 152 6 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 150 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 137 8 George Williams (Wigan Warriors) 131 9 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 124 10 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 122League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Castleford Tigers292540949488461502Leeds Rhinos2919100713611102383Hull FC291612166663927334Saints2915131633514119315Wigan Warriors291412369163655316Wakefield Trinity291514071364765307Salford Red Devils2914150676698-22288Huddersfield Giants2911153651644725Ticket Details:Tickets are now on sale from the AJ Bell Stadium only. They are priced at £20 for adults, £15 for seniors and students and £10 for under 17s.last_img read more